Starting a New CoachInc.com Chapter
Starting a New CoachInc.com Chapter

Roles and Responsibilites

As the host of a CoachInc.com Community Chapter you also take on the role of "Representative of CoachInc.com"....a point-of-contact for not only chapter members but non-member coaches, new coaches, local businesses, organizations and the media.

While there are distinct advantages to the visibility you will incur in your community with your new role there are, naturally, certain expectations as well. We want you to understand these expectations prior to committing to your intention to host a chapter.

Please read the following points. If you have any questions please contact Chapters@coachinc.com.

Hosting a CoachInc.com Community Chapter is rewarding, stimulating and fun! We hope you will join us.

1. What is a CoachInc.com Community Chapter?
2. Why CoachInc.com Community Chapters?
3. What's required to establish a CoachInc.com Community Chapter?
4. What's required to be a Chapter Host?
5. What's expected of the Chapter Host?
6. What are the ground rules of the Chapters?
7. Are there ground rules which apply to the Chapter Host in particular?
8. Could there be more than one chapter in a city?
9. What happens at Chapter meetings?
10. What meeting formats are recommended?
11. Can anyone attend the meetings?
12. Are there members, per se?
13. What about protection of CoachInc.com intellectual property?
14. What is CoachInc.com ultimate objective for having Chapters?
15. What are the advantages to becoming a Chapter Host?
16. OK, I want to start a chapter in my area? What do I do?
17. Okay, but I have a few questions first. Who do I ask them of?


1. What is a CoachInc.com Community Chapter?
A CoachInc.com Community Chapter is a cross section of new and experienced coaches who meet on a regular basis in their community. There are also Virtual Chapters.


2. Why CoachInc.com Community Chapters?
Chapters provide a forum for coaches to meet with their colleagues....to establish a local 'campus' where face-to-face training, discussions, socializing and networking can occur. Groups also provide an opportunity for individuals considering entering the field or curious about CoachInc.com to meet with experienced coaches.


3. What's required to establish a CoachInc.com Community Chapter?
First, it is important to know that as a Chapter Host you will also be considered to be a "representative" of CoachInc.com. You must be at least a graduate of the Core Essentials Program. As such, you will be the point of contact in your community for individuals, organizations and businesses who have an interest in our profession.

You can live in a metro area like New York or London, or live in a rural area like southern Utah. There is no minimum number of members required to establish a local CoachInc.com Community Chapter. Just someone who wants to host it. Even if you start out with 1 or 2 members, within a year or so, you'll likely have many more, given how quickly the profession is developing.


4. What's required to be a Chapter Host?

a. At least a graduate of the Core Essentials Program.
b. Able and willing to respond to email and voicemail messages within 3 business days.

As a local representative you may receive calls and email from new students, chapter members and the local community. Though not excessive by any means, it is important that you are able to respond in a timely manner.


5. What's expected of the Chapter Host?
A. Quickly find and designate a cohost for your Chapter. This is very important.
B. To schedule, attend and facilitate each chapter meeting.
C. To be the contact person for the media, members and interested callers. You would respond via telephone, fax and/or email.
D. To be CoachInc.com official representative, as Chapter Host. You are an ambassador for CoachInc.com.
E. To ensure that the Chapter ground rules are honored.
F. To protect CoachInc.com intellectual property during meetings.
G. To help coordinate any local CoachInc.com live events if offered in your area.


6. What are the ground rules of the Chapters?
A. Keep the focus on becoming better coaches, getting to know one another and serving clients. Stay away from politics, bureaucracy and administrative matters. Keep it simple and easy.
B. Cover your own expenses, but don't charge dues or meeting fees unless a formal training is being conducted. If there is a charge for a meeting room, cover the expenses yourselves. Better yet, find a place that's free. Refreshments are up to you, but you can always make it potluck.


7. Are there ground rules which apply to the Chapter Host in particular?
Yes, there is one ground rule and one cultural point. Ground rule: Don't use your position as Chapter Host to market your services directly to members or guests. It's fine to let people know who you are, what you do and who you work with, but please don't cross the line into marketing, enrolling or pitching. This includes marketing of any of CoachInc.com's programs - we ask that you have printed information available for non-CoachInc.com students who attend Chapter meetings, but not to push CoachInc.com in any way. Just respond to requests. CoachInc.com will ship you a supply of brochures and information kits, or reimburse printing/photocopying expenses. Cultural Point: Your primary focus should be to help the other members become even more successful, as a result of you being the Chapter Host. Look out for their best interests and do what's necessary to network with them, answer questions, be supportive and put them in touch with other members or other resources.


8. Could there be more than one chapter in a city?
While it may be easier to work together as one chapter, multiple chapters may develop around geography or special interests.


9. What happens at Chapter meetings?
Each chapter will evolve into its own meeting style/agenda. Some suggested agenda items include:
A. Discussion of case studies or client situations.
      a. Top 10 list discussion.
      b. Post the tip sheet to benefit other chapters.
B. Ask each person attending to share a bit about themselves, their practice and coaching style
C. Social events.
D. Pick an interesting coach-related topic and generate a discussion.
E. Several of the International Chapters work on translating/adapting the course printed material to fit their cultural/professional needs.


10. What meeting formats are recommended?
Whatever works for the chapter:
A. Monthly lunches at a restaurant.
B. 2-3 hour evening meetings in a member's home.
C. A weekly breakfast meeting.
D. Virtually if coaches are widely dispersed.
E . A combination of all 3 meeting formats.


11. Can anyone attend the meetings?
Yes, anyone may attend. CoachInc.com recommends no limit to the number of times anyone may attend. If someone just comes to learn from the wisdom of the group and never joins CoachInc.com, that's fine. Ultimately, the Chapter members decide who and how many times.


12. Are there members, per se?
While we use the word 'member', there is no "registered membership" -- just coaches or potential coaches coming together for a regular meeting and discussion/networking session. A formal bureaucratic organization is not envisioned or recommended.


13. What about protection of CoachInc.com intellectual property?
This is a potential problem but easily worked. It's up to the Chapter Host to monitor this. As long as the Course Workbooks aren't shared with coaches or potential coaches of different programs, we're OK.


14. What is CoachInc.com's ultimate objective for having Chapters?
As virtual as CoachInc.com is, we are also mindful that physical presence is important. Part of our job at CoachInc.com is to put people together in supportive, creative chapters worldwide.


15. What are the advantages to becoming a Chapter Host?
There are many which include:
A. You will become known locally, as the official CoachInc.com representative. This will enhance your professional credibility.
B. You will be the first to receive media inquiries in your area, which can lead to coverage of you.
C. You'll develop strong relationships with other Chapter Hosts, thus deepening your community.
D. You'll develop strong professional relationships with other coaches in your region.
E. You'll grow - personally and professionally - out of the experience of being a Chapter Host.
F. Also, you'll find your own ways to benefit from being a Chapter Host. It's a big opportunity for the right person.


16. OK, I want to start a chapter in my area? What do I do?

That's easy! First, go here to review the checklist for Chapter Hosts. At the bottom of that page is the link to the application form to become a Chapter Host.
 


17. Okay, but I have a few questions first. Who do I speak with?
Just email me at  chapters@coachinc.com.